Going Rogue: New Hampshire Chick-fil-A Will Sponsor Gay Pride Fest

And most importantly, they will be donating chicken sandwiches.

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The Chick-fil-A at the 'Chick-Fil-A Is Anti-Gay!' PETA and LGBT community protest at Chick-fil-A on August 1, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

The Chick-fil-A manager in Nashua, New Hampshire is flying the coop. Though Chick-fil-A’s president Dan Cathy announced in mid-July that he was opposed to gay marriage — causing quite a stir — Anthony Piccola, the manager of the chain’s New Hampshire branch, has chosen a diverging path, helping to sponsor a gay pride festival in Manchester, N.H. in August.

Chick-fil-A in recent weeks has become a political symbol. At least three mayors hinted they would try to block Chick-fil-As from their cities. GOP figures like Sarah Palin and David Dewhurst — who just lost a Senate runoff in Texas to Tea Party Candidate, Ted Cruz — made a point of patronizing Chick-fil-As to show their support for Cathy’s stance against same-sex marriage.

(MORE: Politicians Coast-to-Coast Take Sides on Chick-fil-A’s Gay Marriage Controversy)

And now, this Chick-fil-A manager is taking a stand of his own. In a statement, Piccola said he was excited to take part in the New Hampshire Pride Fest on August 11:

“In both my personal and professional life, I have had and continue to have positive relationships with family, friends, customers and employees in the LGBT community. It would make me sad if someone felt they were not openly welcomed into my life or restaurant based on their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

The pride festival will feature food, music, and a family-friendly drag show. The event will come only 10 days after “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” which took place on Wednesday, August 1. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee organized the event, encouraging those who opposed gay marriage to dine at a Chick-fil-A. Thousands packed locations across the country, setting a company record in sales.

Much furor has been raised by politicians, companies, and customers about Dan Cathy’s public stance against gay marriage. As of yet, though, there is no evidence that the fast food chain discriminates against its employees or customers. “At the end of the day, part of our profits still go towards Dan Cathy, and subsequently, all the organizations he supports,” a gay Chick-fil-A employee told the Huffington Post.

This rationale is what drove some customers to boycott the chain; a same-sex kiss-in at the chain’s restaurants across the country is even planned for Friday.

MORE: From Chick-fil-A to Amazon, Why Companies Take a Stand on Social Issues

 

57 comments
Colleen McGovern
Colleen McGovern

I worked in many parts of the world, and you just wish that it would be just man and woman relationships, and if not well pay higher taxes to help the straight people out, and develop their kids. 

Mika Conley
Mika Conley

Calling all Christians! Calling all Christians!!!  Grab your Bibles..run to the alters..and REPENT!! all this Hatred your wasting your precious time to spew on everybody..may indeed cause people to start questioning who you really are??? YES my mom is the biggest Christian ever!! and one thing i notice whenever i do step foot in a church is the amount of bigotry..yes bigotry...and sneers i get!!! i still LOVE GOD!! And GOD STILL LOVES ME!! He's an ever LOVING/forgiving God???..the only two things he doesn't over look..is BLASPHEMY..AND THE MARK OF THE BEAST!!!! ANYONE CaN GO TO HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! including PREACHERS !!!!!!!!! and for those of you who FEEL because you FUCKing SOMEONE of the OPPOSITE SEX..YOUR AUTOMATICALLY SAFE FROM JUDGEMENT...IS CRAZY>>just like gays can't force any beliefs on you!! you CAN'T force yours on anybody...EVERYONE of us was born WITH THE ABILITY TO MAKE CHOICES..thats what SIN is..CHoices...and though you may be the first mf in church..it still gives you no right to JUDGE!!! Judging others is a SIN In ITSELF...and NO SIN IS GREATER THEN THE NEXT!!! YOU can tell a lil white LIE and GO TO HELL...which i'm sure 100% of you have did in your lives....look it up..u all are bible fanatics.....STOP Worrying about a sanctity that has been done away with over the YEARS ANYWAY!! How many of you in this forum have remained faithful to your SPOUSE??? AFFAIRS AND FB ARE DESTROYING MARRIAGES.. NOT GAYS!!! Until the DIVORCE RATE DECREASES I THINK YOU ALL NEED TO TUCK YOUR TAILS BETWEEN YOUR LEGS>>and keep your WIFE/Husband FROM DIVORCING UR ASS 

Starshiprarity
Starshiprarity

Meanwhile, all the supporters that showed up to that resteraunt august first are trying to regurgitate their sandwiches.

CaptainEquality
CaptainEquality

But just to be safe, you should turn off your computer for good. After all, now that you've outed them, the Gaystapo could be coming for yoooou!

Scott Rose
Scott Rose

Yeah, the problem is that when you purchase ANYTHING from Chick-Fil-A, a percentage of YOUR MONEY goes to fund hate groups in America. There's nothing that this individual franchise owner can do about that, because that is a corporate policy of Chick-Fil-A.

hangingtoo
hangingtoo

I would like to see the organizers of the New Hampshire Gay Pride Fest say thank you to Mr. Piccola for his support. But tell him no thank you for the sponsorship he has extended. This is one way we as the gay community can more effectively protest against the action of Mr. Cathy. If we allow a Chic fil a to sponsor an event that will only giving them more free press and advertising and thus furthering Mr. Cathy to contribute money to anti gay causes. No doubt there will be some sort of banner or other sign displayed at the New Hampshire Gay Pride Fest promoting this company if it is allowed to sponsor the event. 

hangingtoo
hangingtoo

I would like to see the organizers of the New Hampshire Gay Pride Fest thank Mr. Piccola for his generous offer, But no thanks. This is one way we as the gay community can protest in a more effective way. Thus not allowing this company any more free press and advertising.  If this company is allowed to be one of many sponsors to the Gay Pride Fest then we are hypocrite's ourselves. Undoubtedly this company as a sponsor will want to post some sort of banner or what have you thus giving them advertising in an event they clearly do not sponsor.

hangingtoo
hangingtoo

I would like to see the organizers of the New Hampshire Gay Pride Fest thank Mr. Piccola for his generous offer, But no thanks. This is one way we as the gay community can protest in a more effective way. Thus not allowing this company any more free press and advertising.  If this company is allowed to be one of many sponsors to the Gay Pride Fest then we are hypocrite's ourselves. Undoubtedly this company as a sponsor will want to post some sort of banner or what have you thus giving them advertising in an event they clearly do not sponsor.

hangingtoo
hangingtoo

Sorry for the multiple post but it did not show up immediately.

truthnlove
truthnlove

God loves the sinner, but hates the sin.  All have sinned and fallen short, including myself.  Homesexuality is an abomination to the Lord and those who chose it seperate themselves from Him.  Sin seperates us from God.(very basic here)  Don't waste your lives trying to prove something is ok that you know is not.  Believing in God and his love is scary for the unbeliever because it raises some questions that are hard to answer.  Why me?  Why do I deserve it?  How can there be love like this?  As a Christian I can say that I am saved by grace and that I deserve nothing.  I know his love is real because I see him work in my life and he speaks to me through his word.  Be Blessed.

Randy K Patton
Randy K Patton

Regarding Christianity and the assertion by many that gays have a "War on Christianity" going on because of this CFA boycott, let me just say that if there is a "War" they started it with those donations. (Remember those organizations that want to legislate morality?)

When you bring your religion into the political forum, if someone disagrees with you, you say that there is a "War on Christianity." It isn't true. What it means is that you have brought a philosophical position, or a position of faith, into a political environment where people are going to disagree with you. There is no "War on Christianity." There is simply disagreement with your assertion that being gay is wrong.

"Sin" is a religious concept. You cannot legislate "sin." If you start doing that, then there will be a great deal of conflict over which of the religions, sects, denominations, and cults will be the "standard" for such legislation. Mormons, Catholics, Muslims, and Buddhists do not agree on doctrine. Who is right? Yet all are Americans who pay taxes. This is one reason why there HAS to be separation between Church and State. The other one is Free Will. 

Free Will is a very important concept. In the Bible, Jesus does not attempt to go to the Roman government and change the laws of the land. His teaching was just that. He taught and preached His message and left it to the individual to be "pricked in the heart" and follow him. He did not (as He could have) go to the government and say "Here I am, lay down your legislative duties and follow me...." 

Jesus teaching did not involve the law of the land at all. When something conflicted between His law, and the law of the land, the brethren were to disobey/ignore the law. He didn't tell them to lobby, bribe the Senators in Rome, or campaign for legislative change. Christians are to preach and teach, not enter the political forum. This is not the message of the Bible.

TuckJones
TuckJones

I agree with Separation of Church and State in principle. In practice, however, it is very difficult to disentangle the two.

Almost all social customs are tied to both government and religion. Why is Christmas a national holiday? Why not Passover or Ramadan? Why don't government employees have to work on Sunday?

And for those who'd argue that Christmas can be celebrated without religious interpretation, that's true, but it just so happens that making that day an official holiday is extremely convenient for Christians. No other religion gets that kind of benefit.

In the essence of fairness to all religions, you could make Christmas a normal working day, but that would just piss off 90% of the people in this country. And most would take the day off anyway, thus making it like a holiday anyway even if it weren't officially recognized.Or you could go in the other direction, and try to recognize significant holidays for all religions, but that would mean that people would never be working.Then we come to the thorny issue of marriage, a concept that no one would have thought was controversial until recently. The reason that it's more shocking that marriage should be controversial then say celebrating Christmas is because the legal interpretation of marriage has always been the same, in all cultures, in all religions.Even though polygamy has been practiced for a very long time in numerous cultures, it has never been officially recognized as legal. I think that polygamists have as much right as homosexuals to feel that they've been discriminated against.Even today, polygamists are hunted down and persecuted, particularly in states like Utah. The only justification for hating polygamists is that they are associated with pedophiles, but that makes about as much sense as associating homosexuals with pedophiles.There is no scientific basis for saying that monogamy is better than polygamy, or that polygamists can't have committed adult relationships. Just like there's no scientific basis for saying that gays can't have committed relationships. Isn't that's what you guys are all angsty about?And yet, I still believe that marriage should officially be "between one man and one woman". Yes, that excludes both polygamy and homosexual relationships.  Otherwise, to be fair, we have to consider all interpretations of marriage as equally valid. Note that there is nothing in my definition that excludes homosexuals, because there is no law that a marriage must be sexual. You don't even have to live together to be married.Historically, many marriages were not sexual. You can interpret marriage as being purely a business relationship, similar to how non-Christians interpret Christmas without its religious meaning.

Randy K Patton
Randy K Patton

"The fact is, the gay community has been boycotting Chick-Fil-A for some time, ever since the fact arose that they have been supporting organizations that portray LGBT individuals as being "equal to pedophiles, those who practice bestiality, and rapists." Our boycott has nothing to do with Mr. Cathy's personal beliefs. On a personal level, I could care less.As a gay man, I don't like Chick-Fil-A's donations to groups that work ceaselessly against Gay Rights. It is a matter of record that they fund these organizations with their restaurant revenues. Since I don't like their record of donations and their stance on Gay Rights, I refuse to frequent the stores, and encourage others who are against prejudice to do likewise.

TuckJones
TuckJones

Can you give some exact quotes from these organizations that you find offensive, because nuance matters here.

Historically, many people in the gay-rights movement aligned themselves with pedophiles. This is an undeniable fact. It was not until the mid-90's when your LGBT organizations started really pushing a mainstream agenda that they distanced themselves from the pedophile group NAMBLA. But one might wonder why decades of silence went by?

Today, the average homosexual probably deplores pedophilia, which is an important distinction to make, but that does not change the fact that the LGBT movement itself is tarred by previous associations with pedophile activists. You can't completely whitewash that. I think that people have a right to speak out about that, and ask questions, without being shut up and told they're speaking hate speech.

And that's why nuance matters. There's a difference between engaging in dialogue that may not be PC but has legitimate purpose, and saying "let's round up all the gays because they're a threat to society".

A similar analogy can be made about Muslims after 9/11. It is very wrong to say that all Muslims are terrorists. But at the same time, we should be able to question why moderate Muslims only spoke out against the extremists in their religion AFTER 9/11. The point where jihad caused thousands of Americans to die is too late. There will be people who will always be suspicious of Muslims after that -- these people may not be entirely right in their suspicions, but I also wouldn't call them haters.

Today, there are people who still don't trust the Germans, even though Hitler is long gone.

Similarly, the mid-90's was way too late for gay-rights activists to finally distance themselves from pedophiles, because that was at the same time that Megan's Law came about and there was a lot of attention being given to child abductions. It's like, "Now you care, but where were you speaking out about this before this was put in the spotlight?"

So while I don't personally think most gay people are pedophiles, I think you should be a little bit humble when attacking people who still question if pedophilia is a part of the LGBT movement. These people may be a little misguided, but I don't think you have a right to call them haters, when you failed to speak out against NAMBLA in the 80's.

CaptainEquality
CaptainEquality

I think that because the attitudes on homosexuality have changed in the country, what is being reported in the news is changed. The 80's were a scary time for not just our community, but what other people thought of our community as well. AIDS was out, and at the time it was thought to be a disease specific to gay men. People were afraid and we were demonized. If we had been associated with pedophile groups, I promise you, it was not at our own doing. Jews in the Middle Ages were accused of murdering Christian babies out of fear. Before gay folks, black men were often accused of raping white women. Whenever a group is feared, it becomes associated with a deviant act. 

Take your Muslim example. In the countries that these religious extremists come from, they are the ruling class and have been very brutal to those not a part of their organizations. I'm sure the non-extremist people do not appreciate that and do what is in their power to speak out against it. The problem being, before 9/11, we didn't actually care because they weren't a fear of Americans. For Muslims living in this country, Muslim families just like any family who suspect someone they know to be a terrorist, generally do tell authorities. The difference is, again, it's not picked up by the media because it's not an interesting story. Nobody is afraid.

You may be correct that "calling people haters" is probably not the best way to do it. Pointing out the fallacies in their statements is much more effective.

Dianne Bruce
Dianne Bruce

Mister Cathy should place signs in each restaurant that says " We patronize everyone of every persuasion in this establishment . (Perhaps put a rainbow on it and ribbons of every color , and a USA flag)  We keep our politics at the door and ask that you do the same."

Jeff Burdick
Jeff Burdick

Not to disparage the work of PeTA, but their sister organization PeTAB too often gets short-shrift in the media. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal Balloons (PeTAB) was also out at Chick-fil-A's but got little coverage. For more info (and to "do a party favor"), check out this most-needed public service announcement:  http://www.chicagonow.com/fluf...

sonic91
sonic91

how I wish, there's Chick-fil-a restaurants in our country, so that I can support them too.. I've already added EA sports to my never-buy list.... 

טארה פאוול
טארה פאוול

ok so i am tara powell i am co-coordinator of nh pride fest this is a community building exercise this is a New Hampshire  issue no one bought us off

we all very much welcome to anyone that wants to help a very dissent and fractured  community come back together my personal goal with this project is to have every one not care who every one else sleeps with or what alter they pray at here in nh we are wonderfully free to marry and adopt and interestingly  that was made possible by republicans 

hangingtoo
hangingtoo

 By allowing Chik Fil A to sponsor the Gay Pride Fest in New Hampshire you effectively are supporting Mr. Cathy's view as  some of the proceeds he receives from the chains goes towards anti-gay causes. You can not have it both ways here, Either you support the national gay causes or that of Mr. Cathy's. Sorry but there is no being Bi in this issue. I hope you will reconsider on the sponsorship and wish all a fun filled event.

CaptainEquality
CaptainEquality

Or maybe they're taking some of the money that would be going off to fund the Family Research Council and putting it towards a cause for equality.

sprong08
sprong08

What a huge step backwards for the gay rights movement! Allowing a blatent hate group to takr part in a pride celebration?? Anthony Piccola claims to be a friend of the LGBT movement, did he show solidarity and donate his profits from Wednesday's support Chick-fil-a day to a human rights organization? Of course he didn't!! He is simply worried about loosing business. And Ryan Manseau, pridefest nh's director, has said publicly that he doesn't care what the LGBT community thinks about his allowing chick-fil-a to sponsor this event.......what a disgrace.

sprong08
sprong08

A huge step backwards! If Anthony Piccola is such a supporter of the LGBT community did he donate the proceeds from Wednesday's support chick fil a day to a human rights organization??? I think not. This is yet another Trojan horse, hate groups participating in pride events under the guise of friendship, just to protect their income.......very sad that the LGBT community is allowing this to happen.

ChristopherErwinHogan
ChristopherErwinHogan

Oh No!!!  There's going to be a lot of pissed off homphobes who now wish they could get a refund for the sandwich they bought on Wednesday!

TRUTHisABSOLUTE
TRUTHisABSOLUTE

Homosexuals are angry with the truth, and take it out on the messengers. Spiting christians for proclaiming the truth of GOD's Word is like shooting the mailman for delivering your mail!

The desire to redefine marriage, to accommodate their deviance, is ONLY a fallacious attempt to salve their guilty consciences. But changing the definition in civil law will NOT remove their guilt before the Just God. Sinners, who love their sin, are agitated by their guilt and will do anything to hide their guilt (this is true irrelevant of whether the sin of choice is lying, murder, theft, sodomy, etc.). ...and YES, sodomy is a choice, as God is not the author of sin (ie; homosexuals aren't born that way... though they want to claim so, as the claim of "victimhood" is an avoidance of culpability).

“He that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death” (Prov. 8:36)

May the Lord Jesus Christ open the eyes of all sinners, lest His wrath REMAIN upon them! Hating the truth doesn't change it, doing so only reveals your heart!

The Dizziest Queen!!
The Dizziest Queen!!

 hey stupid there is no such thing as god and the fact that you still believe there is shows just how little you know about anything

maybe romans had the right idea feeding christians to the lions LOL

jim p
jim p

Which biblical-style marriage are you referring to? Abraham's, who married his sister? Solomon's, who had 700 wives and 300 concubines? Adam's and Eve's, (or their children's) who had to commit incest in order to have grandchildren? Mary's and Joseph's, who had a baby out of wedlock and were in a polyamorous relationship with another man (God)? Yes, Jesus had 2 daddies.

TRUTHisABSOLUTE
TRUTHisABSOLUTE

YES! The Bible is filled with the stories of sinful mankind and clearly states that "ALL mankind has sinned!,"... you ought to read it!

If you are interested in the truth... your misunderstanding is clarified here:

http://godfatherpolitics.com/6...

Very typical of ALL sinners to misapply God's Word to accommodate their guilt and mock God! That the Bible reveals the lives of MANY sinners is correct, but..... what separates it from ALL other books is the amazing fact that it is God's disclosure of Himself to us!  And it's message that He has made a way for the debt of our sins to be paid for through the perfect life sacrificed by His Son; Jesus!  Rejecting Christ (God's FREE gift of unmerited forgiveness = GRACE!) means your debt to God for your sin remains unpaid and thus God's wrath remains upon you! 

Sin separates all mankind from the Holy God!!!  God has proclaimed that even one sin demands death...... either your death (w/ eternally just unending fire) or the sacrificial death of the only innocent and Holy one, Jesus, will satisfy the debt of sin for ANY human!  All sinners, (and it's God who calls homosexuality a sin), wrongly believe they rule their own lives and this life is all there is... no one to answer to, do as you please, take what you can, eat drink and indulge as much as you can.... till you die... with NO consequences! 

The ONLY difference between Christians (also sinners) and God haters is who pays the debt of that person's sin.... themself or Christ!    ....Once an individual is redeemed from their debt to God (through their true trust in Jesus, for the payment of their sins) their life begins to change (through the power of His love), in loving response to Jesus for rescuing them.  The saved sinner begins to turn away from their sinful ways!

A TRUE christian (there are a LOT of false ones) will still struggle with and HATE the sins still in their life. This is why God Haters are eager to point out how Christians aren't perfect either... they are correct! But the saved sinner WILL be changed, over time, to become more like the One who saved them!

God haters will ALWAYS mock God, as they hate holiness. God haters will always mock christians and even spit upon us for trying to explain the Good News; that the same forgiveness that was given to us is available to the listening sinner. So when, as a christian meeting a God Hater, I know that, BUT for the GRACE of God, there goes me.... then I feel the urge to tell them that they are in dire trouble, eternal HELL, if they don't repent of their sins and turn to Jesus for His forgiveness. It sounds like a message of hate to those who reject it, but a warning of IMMEASURABLE LOVE to those who will listen!

Christians SHOULD warn sinners... even if it means being spited by God hating listeners!

TRUTHisABSOLUTE
TRUTHisABSOLUTE

Another attempt to post the site that clarifies the false claims of Jesus having 2 fathers :

http://godfatherpolitics.com/6...

... if this doesn't get you there, then search: Godfather Politics "Jesus Had Two Dads and Other Gay Myths"

TuckJones
TuckJones

Are you suggesting that we legalize polygamy and incest as "marriage" in this country?

Or why don't we just get rid of marriage altogether. I think that would make you happy.

You obviously don't care about marriage, and hold contempt for Christians.

Brandon James Michael
Brandon James Michael

why yes mister TuckJones, stating a FACT that shows another side to the story is as you put it " contempt for Christians" (exact copy and paste of your words) *all said with as much sarcasm as humanly possible)

Charles Jones
Charles Jones

 Christianists are angry with the truth, and take it out on the messengers. Spiting gays for proclaiming the truth of GOD's Word (love thy neighbor) is like shooting the

mailman for delivering your mail!

The desire to judge and condemn others in the name of God, to accommodate their deviance, is

ONLY a fallacious attempt to salve their guilty consciences. But throwing their gay brothers and sisters under the bus will NOT remove their guilt before

the Just God. Sinners, who love their sin, are agitated by their guilt

and will do anything to hide their guilt (this is true irrelevant of

whether the sin of choice is lying, being hypocritical, acting like a pharisee, casting the first stone, judging and condemning without trying to understand, not feeding the poor but stuffing yourself with a chicken sandwich, etc.). ...and

YES, being small-minded is a choice, as God is not the author of sin (ie; small-minded people aren't born that way... though they want to claim so, as the

claim of "victimhood" is an avoidance of culpability).

“He that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death” (Prov. 8:36)

May the Lord Jesus Christ open the eyes of all sinners, lest His

wrath remain upon them! Hating the truth doesn't change it, doing so

only reveals your heart!

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/...

ChristopherErwinHogan
ChristopherErwinHogan

Actually the real story is that homophobic people are finding themselves more and more isolated.  So this Chick-Fil-A day was really just a chance for them to seek validation in a sort of "Anti-Gay Pride Day"  This is a very good sign for equality, because the homophobes didn't need to seek validation in the past.

The Dizziest Queen!!
The Dizziest Queen!!

 the funniest thing about that appreciation day that the news never seemed to mention was they were giving away free food LOL

DanoM
DanoM

Why is it theat if someone has a different view than you , you call them "members of the KKK"? This company is not a hateful company, it does not refuse to serve to anyone. So you don't like the personal views of the president. GET OVER YOURSELVE! These are his personal views and he has every right to have them.  As far a sspending his money to further a cause he believes in that is his right as well. This manager in NH (and that is where I am from) is truly playing both sides of the fence.  Contrary to popular belief not all the peole in NH support gay marriage. There quite a few who do not but the gays don't want to put it to a vote becuase they know that the majority is against it and them.

Robert Moon
Robert Moon

And yet, a portion of every sale at that New Hampsire Chick-fil-a restaurant will *still* go to anti-gay hate groups. Talk about doubling the indignity: lure gay people to your restaurant so they can fund hate-mongers who vie to rip gay families apart. This Anthony Piccola is like a 'nice-guy' member of the Ku Klux Klan who, golly gee willikers, tries to claim that not *every* Klan member hates black people and Jews. Some, like him, even like a few of them. But at the end of the day, he still voluntarily belongs to the KKK.

Dispatch66
Dispatch66

Good, then do us all a BIG favor and take your hateful attitude somewhere else!! There a LOT of nice gay people out there (unlike you) that I hope will come. Your just a nasty old queen.

Earnest Pierce
Earnest Pierce

That is such a stupid statement that he belongs to the KKK.Do you have proof of that or is it just your being a gay and want to say something nasty about someone who doesn't share your perverted views.

The Dizziest Queen!!
The Dizziest Queen!!

 arent you funny you call someone out on saying something nasty about someone and then call the person perverted what a loser you are LOL

TuckJones
TuckJones

Good job comparing people who believe in traditional marriage to the KKK.

Being gay is a lifestyle choice. You may not believe that, but you should quit with the name calling and using bad hyperboles against people who disagree with you. Chick-fil-A is not supporting any "hate groups" because none of those Christian groups supports violence against gay people.

The definition of marriage goes back to the beginning of time. Even in cultures that promoted homosexuality, such as pagan Greece, marriage was always between a man and a woman, because only a man and a woman can conceive a child. Blame nature if you see that as discrimination. Gay people who want to change this timeless definition are not merely asking for equal privileges, they are asking for special privileges. In effect, destroying the traditional notion of marriage because their lifestyle choice prevents them from ever having a traditional marriage.

And you have the audacity to say that anyone who is not in favor of destroying marriage is akin to a KKK supporter. In my opinion, it is YOUR tactics that are hate-filled!

Timothy Evans
Timothy Evans

That's true, actually that being gay is a lifestyle choice. Homosexual attractions might not be a choice, but the actions upon those feelings certainly are.

The scientist who announced that people are born gay later went back on his decision and said that there actually is no evidence supporting that fact, and that they simply said that based on popular demand. After THAT, he released a video correcting himself, saying once again that you are indeed born with it, and it's not a choice. But I've been told that when you watch the video, it is very obvious he is scared and trembling, and keeps looking past the camera for affirmation, as though he is being threatened into saying this.

Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with having gay attractions, and it doesn't matter if you consider it a choice, or whether something has formed your orientation (childhood abuse being the most common cause). What's wrong is when you act on those feelings. Then it hurts yourself and others. And it's even worse when you try to re-define marriage. That's just immature.

Joseph George
Joseph George

 You still think being gay is a lifestyle choice? Don't read up on science much? Do you?

Use your head for once.

The Dizziest Queen!!
The Dizziest Queen!!

 your stupidty is amazing when did you choose to be heterosexual ?

why would anyone choose that as a lifestyle when its so ultra boring

as for Chick Fill A and the hate groups it supports yes they are hate groups yes they do harm to lots of people so go stuff your face with thier disgusting food just like all fast food its loaded with things taht will eventually kill you LOL

kingda117
kingda117

You must be bisexual to believe that homosexuality is a choice.

CaptainEquality
CaptainEquality

Chick-Fil-A does donate to organizations that identify as Christian organizations, but those organizations do in fact support violence against gay people. The Family Research council lobbied against government interference in Uganda when they were considering legislation to make homosexuality punishable by death. Not on the basis of limiting government's rules overseas, but because they disagreed with the "pro-homosexual agenda". Even the Catholic church spoke out against Uganda's proposed law, but these guys said no.

However, I agree with you that it's wrong to compare these groups to the KKK. They're all hate groups, but differently. I take it from your comment you're someone that disagrees with slaver. Well until we changed the rules here and got with the program, slavery was a long valued institution since the beginning of time.

Also, in ancient times, they thought the world was flat, soooo maybe we can learn and adapt from "tradition"? maybe?

The Dizziest Queen!!
The Dizziest Queen!!

 one of the groups is that church helmed by Phelps so i think they could be classified as close to the KKK as humanly possiable

Scott Rose
Scott Rose

As I said previously, this goes way beyond "gay marriage". Gay people do not have equal rights under the law. They can be fired, imprisoned, or killed (in some countries) simply for being gay.

Scott Rose
Scott Rose

People can't be fired, imprisoned, or killed for having a traditional marriage. But there are hundreds of laws on the books in multiple U.S. states -- and several countries -- where gay people can be fired, imprisoned, or killed. Simply for being gay.  Do you think this is fair?

And this isn't an issue of "tolerance vs. intolerance", because if we look the other way on this issue and walk away from it, it still leaves one group of people (straight people) with FULL RIGHTS under the law, while it leaves another group of people (gay people) with COMPROMISED RIGHTS under the law.

I believe in what the Declaration of Independence said when it said "All Men Are Created Equal". Sounds like you're an anti-patriot as well, for going against our very own Declaration of Independence! (Although even that sentence is unfair, because it should say "All Men amp; Women Are Created Equal".)

Dispatch66
Dispatch66

Stop your whining! If you don't like whats on the menu then go somewhere else!

Brandon James Michael
Brandon James Michael

Actually Polygamy has been around for quite some time (read, before proper records were kept) so all this "one man one woman" is STILL wrong even if we acknowledged the (morally wrong in my opinion) stance that same sex marriage is wrong.

TuckJones
TuckJones

Polygamy has been around for a long time, but rarely legally recognized. So actually, the polygamists have a stronger reason to argue that they've been repressed than the homosexuals, who've only recently started acting like it's the end of the world that they can't marry who they want to marry.

Let me ask you a more poignant question -- what do you think the purpose of marriage is? Specifically, why do you think the state (or society in general) should have any interest in defining a special kind of relationship called "marriage"?

To say that traditional marriage is immoral, you must have some idea of why marriage should exist in the first place, so I'm curious what you think that is...

fox211
fox211

dumb ass you arent in the real world this restaurant knows its out on a limb for us. go back to the moon.